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Harold David Martin



2/10 Ordnance Workshops



1940/12/11 - Enlisted Depot 164, Bourke Street, Kalgoorlie

1942/01/10 - After training the unit embarked ‘Aquatania’ at Sydney

1942/01/15 - Arrived Fremantle

 1942/01/16 - Left Fremantle  for Singapore

1942/01/26 - Arrived Singapore

Soon after landing they were sent to Jahore, Malaya but then taken back to set up a workshop at the Hume Pipe Works.

1942/02/08 - The workshop was shelled so they were moved to Singapore City.

1942/02/15 - Singapore surrendered


Japanese PoW

Changi Camp

PoW No. III 1781

While at Changi they built the monument at Raffles Square


1942/05/14 - Transported with ‘A’ Force by sea to Thanbyuzayat, Burma in Toyohashi Maru with 2000 Australians

Commander Brigadier A.L. Varley, AIF

When the railway was joined at Konkuita in October 1943 he was transported overland back to Singapore from the Thailand end of the railway

1944/09/02 - Being transported in Convoy HI-72 from Singapore to Japan in Rakuyo Maru with Japan Party 3.

New PoW No. III 47710

1944/09/12 - Reported to be lost at sea when the Rakuyo Maru was sunk by American submarine USS Sealion off East Hainon Island

Martin was rescued from the sea by American summarine USS Pampanito, which had been in the attack on the Japanese convoy and had sunk the Kachidoki Maru.

1944 - Returned home to wife, Molly, and young son, Ray

1945/05/17 - Discharged


Post War


Harold visit to the Thailand - Burma Railway

He also returned to Thailand and Burma numerous times, including two ANZAC Day dawn services at Hellfire Pass where he paid respects to fallen comrades.

In 2009, he returned to the US to say thank you to the crew of the USS Pampinito for rescuing him from the sea.



Age 103

May 2020



Japanese Transports

Burma Thailand Railway Memorial Association

Photos ABC News

KEW Files:- WO 361/2005, WO 361/733, WO 361/2056,


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